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Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Aug. 15

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By Mary Jo Hooker

25 Years Ago
After two months of hearings and workshops, the Roane County Commission finally passed a budget. The new budget reflected a 68-cent property tax rate increase to bring the tax rate up to $2.71 per $100 valuation. The delay in passing the budget also delayed the opening of Roane County and Harriman City schools by one week due to a lack of available funds.

10 Years Ago
Thom Thompson and Garry Harkenrider, two of the newest members of South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, took on a project of building a new fire station in the River Road area. The department had acquired the land previously. The new recruits cleared the land with the help of some contractors and a few volunteers. A fundraiser and money from the Roane County Commission and United Way got the building built. An old propane delivery truck was donated from Empire Gas and was retrofitted with water tanks. Next up: grants to get newer equipment and recruiting more volunteers.

Five Years Ago
Continued heat and humidity sent heat indexes over the 110-degree range and had officials saying conditions could potentially turn deadly. Because of the unbearable heat: football practice times were adjusted; TVA power plants set new records; air-conditioning company calls were doubled; local utilities checked substations and breakers more often; early dismissal of schools due to air conditioner failures; and a burning ban and water conservation were called for.

One Year Ago

Alberta Ross of Harriman, a former teacher, retired principal and community activist, died at the age of 82. To those who knew her, she was a gentle, nurturing woman who had a special passion for her church, her family, her community and all the children who came through the doors of her school or classroom.